The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story

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byBlanche H. Gelfant

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Esteemed critic Blanche Gelfant's brilliant companion gathers together lucid essays on major writers and themes by some of the best literary critics in the United States. Part 1 is comprised of articles on stories that share a particular theme, such as "Working Class Stories" or "Gay and Lesbian Stories." The heart of the book, however, lies in Part 2, which contains more than one hundred pieces on individual writers and their work, including Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Richard Ford, Raymond Carver, Eudora Welty, Andre Debus, Zora Neal Hurston, Anne Beattie, Bharati Mukherjee, J. D. Salinger, and Jamaica Kincaid, as well as engaging pieces on the promising new writers to come on the scene.

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Esteemed critic Blanche Gelfant's brilliant companion gathers together lucid essays on major writers and themes by some of the best literary critics in the United States. Part 1 is comprised of articles on stories that share a particular theme, such as "Working Class Stories" or "Gay and Lesbian Stories." The heart of the book, however...

Blanche H. Gelfant is the author of The American City Novel, Women Writing in America: Voices in Collage, and Cross-Cultural Reckonings: A Triptych of Russian, American and Canadian Texts. For many years she was the Robert E. Maxwell Professor in the Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth. In recognition of her contributions as critic and s...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:July 6, 2001Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I. Thematic Essays
The American Short Story Cycle
The American Short Story, 1807-1900
The African American Short Story
The Asian American Short Story
The Chicano-Latino Short Story
The Ecological Short Story
Lesbian and Gay Short Stories
The Native American Short Story
Non-English American Short Stories
The American Working-Class Short Story
American Short Stories of the Holocaust
Part II. Individual Writers and Their Work
Alice Adams (1926-1999)
Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)
James Baldwin (1924-1987)
John Barth (1930- )
Donald Barthelme (1931-1989)
Rick Bass (1959- )
Richard Bausch (1945- )
Charles Baxter (1947- )
Ann Beattie (1947- )
Saul Bellow (1915- )
Gina Berriault (1926- )
Doris Betts (1932- )
Paul Bowles (1910-1999)
Kay Boyle (1902-1992)
Ray Bradbury (1920- )
Kate Braverman (1950- )
Larry Brown (1951- )
Erskine Caldwell (1903-1987)
Hortense Calisher (1911- )
Truman Capote (1924-1984)
Raymond Carver (1938-1988)
Willa Cather (1873-1947)
John Cheever (1912-1982)
Sandra Cisneros (1954- )
Walter Van Tilburg Clark (1909-1971)
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn (1930- )
Robert Coover (1932- )
Lydia Davis (1947- )
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (1953- )
Andre Dubus (1936-1999)
Deborah Eisenberg (1946- )
Stanley Elkin (1930-1995)
George P. Elliott (1918-1980)
John Fante (1909-1983)
James T. Farrell (1904-1979)
William Faulkner (1897-1962)
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)
Richard Ford (1944- )
Mary Gaitskill (1954- )
William H. Gass (1924- )
Ellen Gilchrist (1935- )
Herbert Gold (1924- )
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
Amy Hempel (1951- )
Mary Hood (1946- )
Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)
Shirley Jackson (1916-1965)
Jamaica Kincaid (1949- )
Ring Lardner (1885-1933)
David Leavitt (1961- )
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929- )
Meridel Le Sueur (1900-1996)
Shirley Geok-lin Lim (1944- )
Jack London (1876-1916)
David Wong Louie (1954- )
Norman Mailer (1923- )
Bernard Malamud (1914-1986)
Bobbie Anne Mason (1940- )
Mary McCarthy (1912-1989)
Elizabeth McCracken (1966- )
Carson McCullers (1917-1967)
Thomas McGuane (1939- )
James Alan McPherson (1943- )
Nicholasa Mohr (1938- )
Lorrie Moore (1957- )
Toshio Mori (1910-1980)
Bharati Mukherjee (1940- )
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)
Joyce Carol Oates (1938- )
Tim O'Brien (1946- )
Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)
John O'Hara (1905-1970)
Tillie Olsen (1913?- )
Simon Ortiz (1941- )
Cynthia Ozick (1928- )
Grace Paley (1922- )
Américo Paredes (1915-1999)
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
Jayne Anne Phillips (1952- )
Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980)
William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) (1862-1910)
E. Annie Proulx (1935- )
Thomas Pynchon (1937- )
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953)
Alberto Alvaro Ríos (1952- )
Philip Roth (1933- )
Damon Runyon (1880-1946)
J. D. Salinger (1919- )
Bienvenido N. Santos (1911-1996)
William Saroyan (1908-1981)
Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966)
Leslie Marmon Silko (1948- )
Jean Stafford (1915-1979)
Wallace Stegner (1909-1993)
John Steinbeck (1902-1968)
Elizabeth Tallent (1954- )
Peter Taylor (1917-1994)
James Thurber (1894-1961)
John Updike (1932- )
Helena María Viramontes (1954- )
Anna Lee Walters (1946- )
Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989)
Sylvia A. Watanabe (1953- )
Eudora Welty (1909- )
Edith Wharton (1862-1937)
Joy Williams (1944- )
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)
Tobias Wolff (1945- )
Richard Wright (1908-1960)
Hisaye Yamamoto (1921- )
Anzia Yezierska (1881-1970)
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This reference will be well-used by high school students seeking resources for the ubiquitous literary 'term paper.' And in so doing, they may begin to develop a 'sense of what makes a writer unique.'